Smoothies

If you follow me on Instagram, especially my story, you’ll see that our whole family loves smoothies… Miss 13 makes the same one for breakfast every single day whilst Miss 11 prefers her favourite smoothie as an after school snack. Miss 9 likes to throw whatever she fancies in, making up a new recipe each time, which doesn’t always achieve the right outcome! Hubby & I both usually start our day with one and I’ll always make another to take with me when I know I’ll be out for a while.

When they’re made with fruits and veggies, smoothies are a great source of fibre, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

So, for now I’m going to share 2 of my favourite smoothies with you. I’m sure there will be more to come!

Breakfast smoothie

300ml plant based milk (I use almond but you can use any kind you prefer)

1 handful of kale or spinach or half of each

1+ 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries

2tbsp oats

1 banana

2 tbsp plain yoghurt (I use coconut but you can use whichever you prefer)

Green smoothie

300ml coconut water

2 cups pineapple (fresh or frozen)

1 banana

1 handful of kale or spinach or half of each

Cucumber (a 6-8cm piece)

2 broccoli florets

1/4 of an avocado

4 or 5 ice cubes (if you use fresh pineapple)

All you have to do is put everything into your blender and blitz until it’s lovely and smooth. If you don’t have a very powerful blender then you should blend just the liquid and the kale and/or spinach leaves first then add the rest of the ingredients and maybe cut them up rather than using them whole.

Smoothies are full of nutrients and are quick to make so they’re perfect for when hunger strikes. You could also add protein powder, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds or matcha which will instantly increase the nutritional content of your smoothie.

Smoothies are a great way to get your daily recommended amount of fruit & veg, they are very convenient to take with you if you’re on the go or know your food choices will be limited.

Kids love smoothies so it’s a great way to hide veggies and to make sure they are getting their daily requirements for fruit & veg. It’s a great snack for after school, especially if you add oats as that will fill them up until dinnertime.

My freezer is full of frozen fruit which we use in our smoothies, it’s more economical to buy, lasts much longer than fresh fruit and also means that your smoothie is ice cold!

Oh, and you have to trust me on the avocado in the green smoothie, it makes it really smooth & creamy and it’s very good for you.

Once you start making your own smoothies you’ll learn very quickly which flavours work together and if you make one that doesn’t quite do it for you then my tip would be to add more banana… it will save your smoothie 9 times out of 10!

The only problem once you’re a “homemade” smoothie expert is that every now and then you’ll buy a smoothie from a cafe and you’ll be disappointed with the taste… in the back of your mind you’ll be thinking that you could make a better one at home!

If you don’t own a blender they can be quite cheap to buy and there are lots of varieties out there. We survived for years with one that allows you to make the smoothie in a bottle and then you just put the lid on and drink it, no extra washing up and great if you want to take it with you. We upgraded a while ago to a Kambrook BlitzPro that makes quick work of anything you try to blitz but it wasn’t expensive, and considering it gets used 5 or 6 time’s a day, sometimes more, it’s already paid it’s way!

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions regarding smoothies, or if you want to try these recipes but aren’t sure of anything. I’m always here to help!

Sue xx

2 thoughts on “Smoothies

  1. Great post & I love smoothie!

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